The Road From Enron To The Financial Crisis

I re-read “Is Enron Overpriced” every now and then because McLean is a very fine writer with a clear, effortless voice and a flare for weaving facts into a compelling narrative. And because ours is a world in which many emperors wear no clothes but can convince us they’re robed in the finest silks. Also because there will always another Enron out there, lurking just beyond our unexamined assumptions and our greed.

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What Good Is A Minion’s Resistance If He Still Supports His Master’s Agenda? (The DexFiles 9/7/2018)

“In the face of what may be the beginning of an existential crisis for this administration, thus far no elected or appointed official has willingly jumped ship from the Trump agenda. To quote John Heileman recently on Nicole Wallace’s MSNBC show, they are “Craven, weak-willed enablers.”

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Billy Wagner Belongs In Baseball’s Hall Of Fame (And So Does Mike Mussina)

“The 90s were a crucible for pitchers. Newer ballparks were smaller and had stingier foul territories. The strike zone was the size of a license plate. Two rounds of expansion drafts diluted talent. More power hitting followed, as well as more 300 strikeout seasons by elite pitchers. The “Colorado Effect” made a superstar of Larry Walker but was harsh on pitchers who had to survive at high altitude. Baseballs were allegedly juiced. And so were the hitters—allegedly.”

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Artificial Intelligence: Propaganda And Predicaments

“AI perception management campaigns like Watson, Alexa, Apple, Google, etc. distract us from understanding the true state of the technology. There’s a considerable gulf separating what AI technology can do at this time and what it might be able to do in the future. Though progress in the field has been considerable, much of it builds on breakthroughs that are decades old, which should make us concerned about over-hyping AI’s potential.”

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The Angle 06/18/2018

Today: pizza plugged potholes, wither the old gods, the wages of the minimum wage, you down with CVE?, big science gets bigger, awesome Ingrid Gehl, funnybooks go hi-tech, and the last hard bop jazz genius.

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The Thing About Robots (The DeX Files 6/16/2018)

We know right now that the pace of technological change itself is increasing. From this it very likely follows that at some point automation and robots have to start replacing humans in most “algorithmic jobs,” those tasks (however complex) that proceed from one step to another, then start again after completion. The future isn’t just cashiers losing their jobs to software. It’s financial analysts, too.

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